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Review: Freedom Fry live Good Times at Davey Waynes (Hollywood)

March 30th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Pop |

Last night I had the pleasure of catching one of my favorite emerging folk-pop bands, Freedom Fry at Hollywood bar Good Times At Davey Wayne’s. It’s not every Wednesday I get to catch a band that has such a laid back yet infectious vibe that is easy to cling to.

My favorites I heard them do live was the cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” which was really cool and had a soft poppy vibe that was fun; also enjoyed their latest song release “Brave”, my favorite 2017 song release of theirs, “Awake” and one of my all-time favorites from this rising group, “Shaky Ground”. Stream my favorites below. (more…)

Miami Horror – “The Shapes” *artsy concept album

March 24th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Electropop, New Wave, synthpop |

One of my favorite Australian bands is back with some great new music with their new concept album, The Shapes. After a two-year hiatus spent writing, experimenting and exploring, Melbourne’s Miami Horror return with their new conceptual project The Shapes.

The Shapes comes to life as a sonic / art experience and sees the band delve deep into rhythm and percussion with influences ranging from the art pop and lyrical wit of Talking Heads to Caribbean funk and African beats.  The first taste from The Shapes, “Leila” embodies the glitzy, glamorous sunshine of LA, draped in 80s synth melodies and topped with those iconic Miami Horror vocals, it’s a fitting first single.

Stream The Shapes below.

Previous: Miami Horror – “Leila”

Watch: Speelburg – “Pulse Of A Million” *alternative psychedelic pop

March 16th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

When I first heard this song, I thought it was weird yet grabbed me because of its upbeat nature and I like the alternative, almost psychedelic vibes with uplifting lyrical content. Speelburg is intriguing, cool, strange, awesome and exciting! I really want to hear more from them and catch Speelburg (real name Noah Sacré) live!

Watch “Pulse Of A Million” below.
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Watch: Magic Giant – “Set On Fire” acoustic *mesmerizing!

March 15th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop, Rock |

My favorite emerging band Magic Giant. Yes, my favorite emerging band who continues to climb higher and higher in the mainstream music scene and whose tours are lasting longer and longer have released a new video and I love it!

They were couch-crashing at a friend’s farm in upstate NY and woke up to this beautiful scene outside their window. It was so serene that it inspired this acoustic arrangement of Set on Fire which you should watch below.
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Video: Winstons – “Without You” *soulful blues rock

March 10th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

Winstons is a garage-soul duo out of Virginia, residing in Brooklyn. They do love songs, blue songs, and dance songs with drums, guitar, harmonies, and a harmonica.

The lead singer sounds like the lead singer from Kings Of Leon with the soulful rock melodies of The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes. Their sound has drawn comparisons to Screaming’ Jay Hawkins and The Cramps. I really like what they are bringing in “Without You” and can’t wait to hear more, one of my new favorite bands!

Watch the video to “Without You” below.
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Freedom Fry – Junkie *happy indie pop

March 10th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop |

“Junkie” is Freedom Fry‘s second single and third new song of the year. In their words, This is our indie pop ode to being in love and hopelessly addicted to someone. – Bruce & Marie.

It’s a fun indie pop song and every time I hear a new song from Freedom Fry, I can’t wait for what they are going to bring next. Stream “Junkie” below.

Previous: Freedom Fry – “Awake”

Hidden Gem: Airpark *Groove-heavy rock/pop

March 6th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock |

Nashville-based alternative rock/pop duo Airpark released their debut track “All The Time” and I was hooked on them. Inspired by minimalism, melody and groove-heavy percussion, bandmates Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford launched the group in 2016, one year after their previous project The Apache Relay quietly called it quits.

Stream “All The Time” below. It’s off Airpark‘s first EP Early Works, Volume 1, out now via Eugenia Hall Records. In fact, stream the four-track EP, it’s pretty good!

Below find a bio on Airpark, links to follow them, and upcoming tour dates.
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Stream: KYKO – Dive In *super vibrant pop

March 4th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

New KYKO is out and I can’t stop moving around and bobbing my head listening to the latest from the rising South London musician that has this silky smooth pop vibe with vibrant instrumentals that grow as the song whirls into something quite special.

I love that there is African pop vibes, lyrics that are easy to get into and just a fun smooth attitude that builds wonderfully!

“Dive In” to this song below.

If you like this, listen below for a few more of my favorites from KYKO. (more…)

Hidden Gem: The Yugos *infectious quirky lo-fi pop/rock

February 23rd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

Cincinnati based band The Yugos will release their album Weighing the Heart on March 10th via Old Flame Records. When I heard their song “Ingenue” back in early February, I was hooked! I can’t wait for their album as I think this band has influences from bands like The Talking Heads, The Psychadelic Furs and The Cure. You might not love it on your first listen but once you listen again, you won’t want to stop as it’s got this dark infectious lo-fi rock/pop vibe that sounds fresh!

Stream “Ingenue” below.

If you like that listen to “Steve French” and “Take Some Time” below. (more…)

Introducing Los Colognes *tropical smooth fun

February 8th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

Nashville-based Los Colognes have just announced their third album The Wave, out May 12th via Big Deal Media / Thirty Tigers. Last month they released the first track “Flying Apart,” which has such a tropical smooth sound I’m hooked on! The band has a run of shows in the US, including opening slots for St. Paul and the Broken Bones and an appearance at Sasquatch Festival.

Guitarist/singer Jay Rutherford opines in “Flying Apart” – ‘Nobody believed / We’re all just hoping / Floating down streams.” It’s a song that invokes “the wave” metaphor of the album’s title, while churning through its own sonic sea of shimmering keyboards and guitars anchored by drummer Aaron Mortenson. The music evokes any of the best moments of late seventies or mid eighties FM radio while never being weighed down by the specter of influence. Los Colognes are a young band who have managed to forge their own sound while channeling the best sonic worlds of the decades past.

Stream “Flying Apart” below and find out more info on the upcoming album and Los Colognes upcoming tour dates!

Unlike the live approach used to record the group’s previous records, The Wave was built from the ground up with attention to each part. There is a certain economy of space in the songs that feel’s deliberate, while never ceasing to be warm and inclusive. Guitar and keyboard lines drift off each other in between lyrical exchanges while Mortenson propels the beat, sometimes meditative, sometimes driving.
The journey to finish recording The Wave was its own quest for Rutherford and Mortenson, a more deliberate process of creation and craft that shows a band becoming fully aware of its voice and its vision. Los Colognes have given us a singular collection of quietly anthemic tunes held together by philosophical reflection and damn fine rock and roll chops. The Wave is coming.
The Wave is out May 12th, preorder the album HERE.
Read the full bio by William Tyler HERE.

Tracklisting:
1. Sneakin’ Breadcrumbs
2. Flying Apart
3. Unspoken
4. Molly B Good
5. Forever In Between
6. The White Whale
7. Man Over Bored
8. Hope Not Too Long
9. A-OK
10. Can You Remember?
Tour dates:
2/25 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
3/16 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/17 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/18 – Columbia, SC @ St Pat’s @ 5 Points *
3/23 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater *
3/24 – St. Petersburg (Tampa), FL @ Jannus Live *
4/1 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs for the Cause Festival
5/20 – Richmond, VA @ Dominion RiverRock Festival
5/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
8/24-08/27 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival
*with St Paul & The Broken Bones
 Follow Los Colognes on:
Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Website

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